You’re Not Alone is a youth-led organization that aims to empower, amplify, and develop the voice of teens in the United States and beyond. We aim to raise awareness for mental health stigma through art, writing, and other forms of creative expression.
We seek to connect youth with others who share the same struggles. The COVID-19 pandemic caused many youths’ mental health to decline; thus, we aim to create an outlet discussing mental health-related topics that are swept under the rug.
The COVID-19 pandemic was a tumultuous time for the world: from Black Lives Matter protests to Anti-Asian hate crimes, our society has changed/evolved to reveal the injustices faced by marginalized communities. At the same time, the pandemic has allowed us more time to explore our interests and reflect upon what our place is in the world. With our overarching theme of identity, we encourage you to reflect on the external environment and relate it to your personal growth over the pandemic.
Here are some ideas...
How has your identity shifted over the COVID-19 pandemic? To answer this, you should first think about what “identity” means to you.
“Identity” could be your sense of self. Think about how you’ve grown or changed since the beginning of the pandemic. What have you discovered about yourself? For example, what is the most important thing/person/group to you before the pandemic? And after? How has it changed, or perhaps it didn’t change, but you came to understand it in another way? Is there something you lost during the pandemic— a loved one, a sports season, a particular opportunity, that made you rethink yourself in some significant way?
“Identity” could be your mission in life. What is one formative experience in regards to your identity? How has that shifted your perspective? What is an external circumstance that shifted your perception of yourself and others around you?
“Identity” could be a strong belief. Has your faith been challenged?
“Identity” could be defined in relation to a community. How did you see your role in the community/society vs how do you see them right now? What does “Home” mean to you?
Your own prompts!